Municipal property tax is the City's primary source of funds and its most stable and consistent form of revenue. Property tax revenue is unconditional and is used to fund general operating expenditures, debt repayment, reserve contributions and in some instances direct capital expenditures. The amount of property tax revenue to be collected each year is determined annually through the budget process which is the mechanism for determining the revenue requirements and the resource allocations that ultimately inform the decision on the municipal tax rate.
In addition to municipal property tax, the City is also required to collect property tax for the Regional District, Regional Hospital, School District, BC Assessment, Municipal Finance Authority and policing. Although these taxes appear on City of Fernie tax notices and are paid by the taxpayer to the City of Fernie, they represent a debt payable by the municipality to the respective agencies. With the exception of a small administration fee paid to the City for the collection of the School Tax the municipality does not retain any of the funds collected for these agencies for its own use.
Home owners are able to setup monthly pre-payments towards your annual tax bill. Call City Hall at 250.423.6817 for more information.
- Questions? Visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes for more information on Property Taxes and Home Owner Grants
Home Owner Grants - Online Claim Option
Effective 2021 all home owner grant applications must be submitted directly to the BC provincial government through a secure online application.
As of February 16, homeowners can apply for their current year or their retroactive homeowner grants online at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant.
You may also call toll free 1.888.355.2700 to speak with an agent.
- The province will accept current year and retroactive grants online starting February 16, 2021
- The call centre and Service BC staff will accept applications on February 16, 2021
- Note that while homeowners can apply for their current year grant, the application will not be processed until taxes are levied in May - they will remain in a hold status
- Homeowners can subscribe to receive updates at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
City of Fernie Tax Certificates are available online through BC Online or Access Point Information Canada (APIC). To obtain certificates:
- Sign into BC Online at https://bconline.gov.bc.ca and select Tax Certificates Online; or
- Customers who want to use a credit card to purchase Fernie Tax Certificates can register with Access Point Information Canada (APIC) at http://apicanada.com and select Tax Certificates Online.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the ownership and address information filed with the Land Title Office is current and correct. Any change to a property owners mailing address should be filed with the BC Land Title Office at Suite 114 - 455 Columbia Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 6K4 and BC Assessment Office.